Rinzai Zen In The Modern World

Rinzai Zen in the Modern World (English pdf).

This is an invitation for constructive public comment.​ We recently posted Jeff’s paper, ​which he was asked to write ​for the the International Symposium on Rinzai Zen sponsored by ​the​ umbrella organization of ​Japanese ​Rinzai ​monastic institutions and held in Kyoto at Hanazono University on May 13 & 14, 2016 (the paper​ has been published in Japanese & Chinese translations in the symposium proceedings; an English version​ can be found above). The symposium was held to coincide with commemorations of the 1150th anniversary of the passing of Rinzai. Jeff’s paper, entitled “Rinzai Zen in the Modern World,” surveys the development of Zen in the West​, while the last few pages​ address serious problems that have developed in the Western Zen tradition. We are inviting all those who would like to constructively comment on what Jeff has written to do so.

We look forward to sincere responses to Jeff’s paper. Because of the sensitive nature of the issues the paper raises, however, we reserve the right not to publish responses that contain attacks, accusations or allegations against specifically named individuals or sanghas. ​Responses may include measured general statements on and constructive responses to the sensitive issues Jeff raises.​ ​​Responses may also contain actual personal accounts of, and ongoing effects on, the writer (though we reserve the right to delete all names and other identifying information from these personal accounts).

Please send your comments to: BWS Staff.

Thank you for taking the time to consider these important matters and to perhaps share your thoughts on them with others​ as part of our ongoing practice together.

For the symposium, Jeff was also interviewed on the theme of “Rinzai Zen Now.” The Japanese quarterly Zen Bunka (Zen Culture)​ ​will publish the original interview​, done in Japanese. The English translation will appear on the Beingwithoutself.org Website soon.

For more details and photos from the symposium, see (in Japanese): Link. A large Zen art exhibit, also part of the commemoration, was recently held at the Kyoto National Museum, and this autumn will be at the Tokyo National Museum. See (in English): Link.

The BWS staff.